Acclaimed Course Also Named Palmetto State’s 6th Best Public Course
The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel has unveiled its list of the top layouts in the Palmetto State, and Tidewater Golf Club figured prominently in the annual rankings. Featuring eight holes that play along either Cherry Grove or the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater was ranked the third best course along the Grand Strand and the sixth best public layout in the state. The combination of the layout’s natural beauty and its architectural quality has long made Tidewater Golf Club one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular places to play. When it opened in 1990, it was the first course in America ever named “Best New Course” by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest simultaneously.
Tidewater’s popularity, given its beauty and superior conditions, was hardly a surprise. The course is home to some of the most stunning views along the Myrtle Beach golf scene, highlighted by Myrtle Beach’s prettiest pair of par 3s (holes 3 and 12) and the par 5 13th, which offers a view of the Atlantic Ocean. PGA Hall of Fame Member, Hale Irwin says “Tidewater Golf Club is one of the finest and most spectacular courses on the East Coast.”
“Our goal, every day, is to create an experience at Tidewater that rivals the best public courses in South Carolina, and this is validation of that effort,” said Chris Cooper, Tidewater’s general manager. “There are few states in the country that can rival South Carolina for quality of golf, so this is an honor we take great pride in. With the heart of the spring season upon us, we look forward to providing an unforgettable experience to our most important constituency – traveling golfers.”
According to the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel, the top 10 courses along the Grand Strand – public and private – are:
- The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
- Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
- Tidewater Golf Club
- Wachesaw Plantation
- Debordieu Club
- The Reserve Club
- Surf Golf & Beach Club
- True Blue Golf Club
- Grande Dunes Resort Course
- Dye Course at Barefoot Resort
As part of ranking the Palmetto State’s Top 50 Golf Courses for 2018, below are the state’s premier public courses with their overall ranking in parenthesis:
- Kiawah Resort – Ocean Course (1)
- Sea Pines – Harbour Town Golf Links (2)
- May River Golf Club (3)
- Dunes Golf & Beach Club (9)
- Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (12)
- Tidewater Golf Club (27)
- Sea Pines Atlantic Dunes (31)
- Wild Dunes Resort (35)
- True Blue Golf Club (40)
- Orangeburg Country Club (43)
The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings panel is composed of 125 members, and the organization’s objective is to promote excellence in the state’s golf course design and operations through the competitive rankings, education and public advocacy.
Judging criteria include routing, variety, strategy, equity, memorability, aesthetics and experience.
For more information, go to www.TidewaterGolf.com.